Side Dish Essentials:Comforting Bacon Potato Salad

Andy Anderson !


Everyone has their idea of a nice comforting potato salad, and this is mine…

I’m not a big fan of onions, in my potato salad, so I didn’t add any. In addition, I don’t add celery, so that’s gone also. Anyway, like I said, we all have our own ideas on the ingredients of a good potato salad.

Oh, I did manage to add some of the "B" word... What's comfort food without bacon.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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4 - 6
20 Min
20 Min
Stove Top



  • 2 slice
    bacon, cubed, i prefer apple-wood smoked
  • 1 lb
    small red potatoes
  • 1 - 2 Tbsp
    vinegar, apple cider variety
  • 1 large
    hardboiled egg
  • 1/4 c
  • 1/4 c
    sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp
    mustard, yellow or brown, your choice
  • 2 Tbsp
    relish, dill or sweet, your choice
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp
    italian parsley, chopped
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • ·
    sweet paprika, for garnish

  • ·
    chopped red onions
  • ·
    chopped celery
  • ·
    additional herbs (chives, tarragon, cilantro)

How to Make Side Dish Essentials:Comforting Bacon Potato Salad


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Add the bacon to a small pan over medium heat.
  4. Cook until it begins to crisp, drain on paper towels, and reserve.
  5. Place the potatoes into a large pot, and cover with about 2 inches (5cm), of water.
  6. Bring the water up to a simmer and add about a tablespoon of salt.
  7. Allow the potatoes to gently simmer until a paring knife can be easily inserted into the flesh, about 20 – 25 minutes.
  8. When the potatoes are cool enough, peel, chop into cubes, and place into a bowl.
  9. Dice the hardboiled egg, and add to the potatoes.
  10. Chef’s Note: Peeling the potatoes is totally optional.
  11. Toss the potatoes with the vinegar, a bit of salt, and let stand for 5 minutes.
  12. Chef's Note: I usually start by tossing the potatoes with 1 tablespoon of vinegar, and add a bit more if they look dry. The vinegar will really bring out the taste of the potatoes.
  13. Chef's Tip: If you REALLY want to go crazy, add about a teaspoon of the bacon grease to the potatoes, and toss with vinegar... BAD ANDY
  14. Meanwhile, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, relish, dill, and parsley in a small bowl.
  15. Season with salt, and pepper, to taste, and then add the yummy bacon.
  16. Gently fold the dressing into the potatoes.
  18. Place the potato salad in a nice serving bowl, sprinkle with some paprika, and serve while still warm. Enjoy.
  19. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Side Dish Essentials:Comforting Bacon Potato Salad

Course/Dish: Potatoes
Main Ingredient: Potatoes
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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